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Hero Park Monument, Staten Island, c. 1919

Hero Park (2 of 2)

New York State Archives, NYSA_A0412-78_B13_F05_HeroPark_02
 
Document Description
Photograph of a large rock monument in Hero Park: "This Hero Park and memorial is lovingly dedicated to the memory of the splendid sons of Staten Island who so nobly gave their lives in the World War 1917-1919."
 
Questions
What symbols are used on this memorial?
In what part of New York is Staten Island located?
What is the purpose of park memorials and monuments?
Who contributes to the financial aspect of a local monument or memorial?
How do memorials connect communities?
 
Historical Challenges
Research and formulate a list and descriptions of local war memorials in your area.
 
Interdisciplinary Connections
Art: Create a clay model of a World War I memorial of your own design.
Science: Make a list of the materials used to make this war memorial.
 
Resources
American Battle Monuments Commission (1938). American armies and battlefields in Europe: a history, guide, and reference book.
Cal Snyder, Out of Fire and Valor, The War Memorials of New York City. Bunker Hill Press, 2005.
 

 

Historical Context
This memorial honors the 144 Staten Island soldiers who died in World War I.  City park memorials serve as permanent reminders, as well as landscape art, of the steep price that our military has made for the preservation of our nation’s security and freedoms.  These memorials remind us of the people and the events that have helped shape our common history.  Many of these memorials have symbolic value and a commemorative purpose.  They serve to connect a community and hopefully cause its citizens to reflect on their meaning and the sacrifices made.  War memorials are often not sponsored by the government, but instead created by citizen’s initiative and commissioned through private contributions.  

Many war memorials and monuments honor events that took place elsewhere.  It is on Memorial Day and Veterans Day that we pause to reflect on our war memorials and to think about the deeper meaning that they convey.
 
 
Essential Question
How are soldiers recognized for their service and sacrifice?
 
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain its purpose.